Here’s a secret: You control your own happiness. While challenging experiences are guaranteed, there are steps you can take to make your life happier—no matter the circumstance.
Here’s a secret: You control your own happiness. While challenging experiences are guaranteed, there are steps you can take to make your life happier—no matter the circumstance. If you’re feeling unhappy, there are proactive steps you can take to feel better about your life and increase your overall happiness. It’s not as difficult as you may think, and realizing you have the ability to harness your own happiness can be quite empowering.
Speak kindly to yourself
The way our brain speaks to us is often harsher than we’d ever speak to even our worst enemies. Be a friend to you.
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Try writing down things you’re grateful for every morning or night. Start with just five things you’re thankful for—you’ll be amazed how much good there is in your life.
Walking is a type of moving meditation that releases feel-good endorphins and often has the ability to get you out of a cycle of negative thinking.
Try being optimistic
It’s not as easy as it sounds because the brain is wired for neutral or negative thinking as a protective mechanism. Train yourself to see the good in situations instead of fixating on the negative.
Sometimes the things we own end up owning us. Decluttering your surroundings can lead to an increased sense of wellbeing.
Be around happy friends
When you’re sad, it helps to be around others who have a positive outlook because their attitude rubs off. Those who are surrounded by happy people tend to be happy themselves.
Adopt a dog
Pets are good for mental health.1 They’re also constant companions who love you no matter what. No wonder they make us so happy.
Foster your relationships
Just like romantic relationships, platonic relationships need to be nurtured. Go on “dates” with your friends and connect with them regularly to develop a closer connection.
Spend money on experiences
Things rarely bring joy. When you spend money, focus on planning for experiences like trips and excursions that you can look back on with fondness.
Honor your dreams
Do not let your dreams die with you. Instead of spending time at the office, take the vacation, spend time at your family, and do what your heart wants most to do.
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